Developing Discipline-specific Academic Writing Skills of Hong Kong ESL Learners

By Zhichang Xu, Lixun Wang, Pui Man Jennie Wong and Matthew DeCoursey.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this paper, we shall explore academic writing in the framework of academic literacy development among Hong Kong university ESL learners of language and education programs. We shall also discuss discipline-specific academic writing in terms of the continuum comprising academic writing in science, social science and humanities and the implications for developing academic writing skills of Hong Kong ESL learners. In particular, we shall discuss in detail a number of issues regarding academic writing in the disciplines of language and education.

Keywords: Academic Writing, Disciplinary Knowledge, Academic Literacy, Community of Practice, Language and Education, Hong Kong ESL Learners

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 9, pp.211-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 642.675KB).

Zhichang Xu

Assistant Professor, English Department, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Zhichang Xu is Assistant Professor in the English Department at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, from a disciplinary background in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Education. He is Associate Department Program Coordinator of Master of Arts in Teaching English as an International Language (MATEIL). He is also the Principal Investigator of a TDG project on ‘Developing an Academic Writing Handbook for Students of Language and Education Programs’. He has published a textbook on ‘Vocabulary Studies’, a number of book chapters, and articles in international journals including English Australia Journal, World Englishes, and Asian Englishes. His teaching and research interests include vocabulary studies, discourse analysis, blended teaching and learning, academic writing, teacher education, Chinese variety of English, and cross-cultural communication.

Lixun Wang

The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Lixun Wang is Assistant Professor in the English Department at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Since 1994, he has been teaching and researching in the areas of General Linguistics, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Corpus Linguistics, Online Learning, and Multilingualism. In the past few years, he has been carrying out Wikibook projects in his courses to promote academic reading and writing. He has published a textbook on ‘Introduction to Linguistics’, several book chapters, and a number of referred articles in international journals such as System, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and Language Learning and Technology. He is currently engaged in various research projects on corpus linguistics, education technology, and multilingualism.

Pui Man Jennie Wong

The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Pui Man Jennie Wong is a teacher educator in the English Department at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). She has a BA in Linguistics and an MEd in Language in Education. Before her involvement in teacher education work, she had taught English as a second language for about ten years in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools. At HKIEd she has rich experience in working with both pre-service and in-service English teachers, and is currently the Programme coordinator of the 4-year Bachelor of Education (English Language) (Honours) programme which aims to prepare primary and secondary English teachers with a high level of teaching competence and in-depth knowledge of the English language. Her major areas of teaching expertise and research interests include English phonetics and phonology, Lexis and morphology, and Task-based teaching and learning in primary and secondary school contexts.

Matthew DeCoursey

The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Matthew DeCoursey is Assistant Professor in the English Department at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. He has published in Early Modern Literary Studies, Reformation, Renaissance Papers, and the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Biography. He has directed or co-directed six plays at the Institute including Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Aladdin. He is a member of the General Education Committee.

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